We received so many great questions at our career summit, The Global Engineer. Many of them focused on skills and experience, but we also received a lot of interest in English-speaking skills.
Below are answers from Terminal’s Liliana Carbono, Talent Acquisition Partner, and Diego Sicillia, Sr. Talent Acquisition Partner, on speaking English in a remote role as a software developer. You can find the full replay of the event here, including the full Networking session with Diego and Liliana.
Liliana: Yes, all of our roles with US-based tech startups require business proficiency with English.
My English is not as fluent as I would like. How do you deal with language limitations?
Liliana: We really emphasize great communication skills instead of only looking at English proficiency. If you have intermediate-advanced English skills, you can communicate about your experiences and projects, and you can have a simple conversation with a hiring manager or us, we are happy to connect you with an opportunity. And from there, you will improve your English proficiency by working with Canada or US-based teammates. A willingness to learn and improve fluency and vocabulary is important.
Diego: Being a super fluent English speaker is different from being an effective communicator. Try working on connective phrases – ”In my experience” or “I want to take advantage of” – these are the types of things that will help you have a better conversation.
Learning any language is about practice. Within three or four months of landing a new role, you will improve your fluency.
Diego: Once an engineer finds a role, we do offer learning and development programs, including some for language.